BELMONT, NC - The Belmont Abbey women's soccer team took a convincing 5-0 win this afternoon over Mt. Olive. The Abbey is now 11-2-1 on the season and 8-11 in conference play. The Trojans now stand at 5-6-1 overall and 3-5-1 against conference opponents. The win ensured that the Crusaders will have no worse than a #3 seed in the Conference Carolinas Tournament.
Belmont Abbey scored early and often, beginning with a Nicole Ferren goal, which she scored off her own rebound just 3:30 into the game. Less than a minute later, junior Kooba Richard took a shot that came within inches of another goal. The defense did not give up a Mt. Olive shot until the 14th minute. The shots kept coming for the Abbey, however. In the 32nd minute, senior Theresa Sloat gave the Crusaders a 2-0 with a goal off Chandler Arrowood's pass. Sloat scored another goal just five minutes later, this time sending the ball to the far right corner of the net. Morgan Patton earned the assist as the Abbey took a 3-0 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the shots continued to pour in for the Crusaders. Ferren scored her second goal of the day off a pass off from Cierra Skyers just 32 seconds into the period. Meanwhile the defensive unit made it difficult for the Trojans to retain possession on their end of the field. In the 74th, freshman Grace Anne Longfellow found the back of the net on a pass from Skyers and the Abbey won 5-0.
For the day, Belmont Abbey took 21 shots, while the defense only gave up four. The Crusaders took six corners to Mt. Olive's none.
When asked for his comments on the game, Head Coach Mike Lynch offered the following: "I think we were all surprised with the record high temperatures that just got hotter as the game went on. I was pleased with the players' attacking mindset, especially in the first 20 minutes, scoring in the first five and keeping the pressure on. i challenged them at halftime to play their best today in addition to being the best of the two teams on the field today. Scoring in the first minute of the second half was key to us and really set the tone for the rest of the game. Kudos to the TEAM also for another clean sheet today. Our sights are now on Converse for Saturday."
Belmont Abbey will be back in action Saturday when it visits Converse for a 1 pm kickoff.